Stop the stupid.
Same goes for all Cubs fans. Keep your hands to yourself when you see one of your heroes coming toward you trying to make a play.
My gawd, how could you people not know this?
My gawd, how could you Cubs fans ‚ÄĒ of all people ‚ÄĒ not know this?
I thought we were past the time when Cubs fans showed their baseball ignorance of the correct way to work and play well with others.
But no. Apparently not. As stupid as they wanna be. Still. Unbelievably. And it was right there on display Wednesday night.
With the Cubs up 6-4 in the ninth inning of a game that could protect their slim hold on first place in the National League Central, Pirates pinch hitter Francisco Cervelli popped a pitch foul on the right side. First baseman Anthony Rizzo ran toward the stands and reached over the wall and around the screen trying to make the catch, only to have a fan sitting in the front row reach into Rizzo‚Äôs glove, it appeared, and make the catch instead.
Instead of two outs and a runner on first, Cervelli got another chance and promptly doubled to put men on second and third with one out. Both runners would score on Starling Marte‚Äôs two-out single. Tie game.
You‚Äôre killing me, Smalls.
The Cubs were a couple of outs away from clinching a playoff berth, and some guy wearing a Cubs hat goes all Steve Bartman. Seriously, dude? Have you learned nothing?
I mean, it‚Äôs not like you could claim you were absent the day they taught the Bartman lesson in Baseball Fan School, because they‚Äôve taught that lesson every day on every foul ball that just does make it into the stands since Game 6 of the 2003 NL Championship Series.
There‚Äôs no explaining what should be a no-brainer, but apparently we need to explain it to a Cubs fan for the millionth time: If one of your players is coming near the stands, back off so he can make the catch and record the out and help the team for which you‚Äôre wearing similar laundry.
You know what they‚Äôre going to have to do now at Wrigley Field? Send over ushers to ask fans seated in the first three rows if they are capable of keeping their hands down on a visitor‚Äôs pop foul the way flight attendants vet people sitting in the exit rows.
Responsibility, people. You have a responsibility.
After his failure to snag Cervelli‚Äôs foul, Rizzo popped his glove in frustration, but he didn‚Äôt go all Moises Alou on the guy right there on the field. Maybe that‚Äôs because Rizzo is a mensch.
After the game, Rizzo also didn‚Äôt blame the fan the way Alou and then-Cubs manager Dusty Baker did. Maybe that‚Äôs because the Cubs won in the 10th inning, clinched a playoff berth and held on to their half-game lead in the NL Central.
But still, people, come on. You should‚Äôve learned this lesson by now, if not 15 years ago. Stop the stupid. Don‚Äôt make everybody stay after class.